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Land Rover’s Freelander is an honest effort at creating a composed, characterful SUV

26 Sep 2012

LAND ROVER did a lot of things right when it launched the Freelander 2 in 2007 and since then, the British bush-bashing brand has applied a facelift and numerous running changes.

The stunning Range Rover Evoque – which owes much to the Freelander’s underpinnings and drivetrains for its existence – has also arrived on the scene with pricing that cuts across the mid- and upper-spec Freelander variants.

Looking at sales statistics, the Freelander’s popularity seems to be suffering in the wake of its more glamorous sibling – so does it retain its relevance in the Land Rover stable?

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Model release date: 1 February 2011 to 1 March 2015

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Freelander 2

Released: July 2007
Ended: February 2011
Family Tree: Freelander

THE pre-facelift Freelander 2 was well-received compared with the original, which was fraught with quality and reliability concerns.

Bigger, stiffer, with more equipment and trademark Land Rover off-road capability, the Freelander 2 moved upmarket to tackle luxury rivals like the BMW X3.

At launch the range comprised a 171kW/317Nm Volvo-sourced 3.2-litre straight six petrol and a 118kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel.

In August 2009, Land Rover introduced the TD4_e entry-level variant, which it claimed to be the world's first SUV with fuel-saving idle-stop technology.

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